Harambee Stars' players yet to receive 10 Million AFCON bonus
Harambee Stars players are yet to receive their 10 Million shillings winning bonus after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations held in Cairo Egypt
Football Kenya Federation has come out to defend accusations that they have failed to finalize payment of Harambee Stars players after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations that took place in Egypt.
In a statement , FKF has now shifted the blame to the national Government who they blame of failing to release Kshs.10 Million winning bonus to the team. Kenya recorded a single win from their group matches having beaten Tanzania 3-2 and lost to Algeria and Senegal.
"To this end, two days to the commencement of the 2019 AFCON tournament the federation proactively informed the Ministry of Sports, in a letter dated June 19, 2019, on its agreement with Harambee Stars players and members of the technical bench on a Kes 10 million match win bonus for every win and requested for the Ministry’s concurrence and approval of the same." Reads an official statement from FKF's Secretary Barry Otieno.
Ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, Football Kenya Federation received 244 Million shillings towards the teams logistics, allowances and preparation for the Africa's biggest tournament.
FKF has further elaborated that, "It is critical to remind all that the 10 million bonus amount is an additional pay over and above other amounts which had already been disbursed to the players as follows;
• A Kshs 50 million bonus for qualifying to the AFCON 2019. This amount was deducted from the Kshs 244million and disbursed to each player. The government had promised this amounts to the players and the federation disbursed it to the team and the technical bench.
• Kshs 750,000 per player paid as allowances to players who participated in the tournament. These amounts were disbursed to players during the camp in France and the final tournament
FKF's statement further reads that, "In light of the aforementioned, the federation without prejudice or malice wishes to state that the Kes. 10 million win bonus against Tanzania is yet to be received from the Ministry and/or paid to all players and members of the Technical bench.Most importantly, FKF remains cognizant and fully understands the strain the Covid -19 pandemic has had on government resources and finances, and has proactively halted engagements on the outstanding bonuses until our country is free and safe from the Covid –19 pandemic."
Algeria beat Senegal 1–0 in the final, to win their second title and first since 1990, while Nigeria finished third after beating Tunisia 1–0 in the playoffs. Kenya was eliminated in the group stages finishing the tournament with three points from a 3-2 win over Tanzania.